New Year, Better Landscaping

City Wide Lawn and Landscaping ServicesWhat are your New Year’s resolutions for your building? Maybe the better question to ask is, “Do you have resolutions for your building in 2016?”

It might sound like a silly question, but planned building maintenance is important! And during January you might not be thinking about landscaping, but we promise – it’s not too soon to put landscaping plans on your radar! It will feel like a completely new building when you have all of your services—including lawn care—under one, capable vendor.

When choosing a landscaping company, ask for a free lawn inspection and estimate to determine if they have the expertise to save you time and solve problems with your lawn maintenance needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof that the vendor is fully licensed and insured.

Here are five things your vendor should consider or discuss when reviewing your specific landscaping needs:

  • Frequency of Care – Lawn and Landscape is a seasonal service; if you are paying for the year, ensure you are aware of how often they will be servicing your lawn and what happens if you have a specific request.
  • Square of Landscaping – Square footage of green space is a main factor in determining budget and landscaping needs with any vendor. If your desired look and square footage require a higher budget, consider hardscaping such as walkways, benches, or fountains that may require less yearly maintenance.
  • Landscaping and Property Interaction – In addition to how much landscaping assistance you will need, consider how your landscaping will interact with your property, including parking lots and sidewalks. Trees can be beautiful, but you don’t want to cause damage to cars, sidewalks, or the foundation with their branches or roots.
  • Soil Type – Different areas of your property may vary in soil type or in sun and wind exposure. Testing soil type can help determine what types of plants or grasses will grow well on your property, leaving you with lush lawns, shrubs, and flowers.
  • Landscaping Emergencies – Do you have a plan or a vendor in case of a landscaping emergency such as a fallen tree limb? Can your landscaping team also help you with cracks in your parking lot caused by trees planted in the wrong spot? Ask these questions before you sign a contract, to ensure you know when extra fees will be added and if they are reasonable.

Don’t forget about simplicity. How many vendors do you need to care for your landscaping the right way? If your lawn care is getting too complex, contact City Wide to learn about how having one point of contact for all your building’s needs can help reduce your stress level.